January 2020


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be conducting a Tiered Focus Monitoring Review of the Farmington River Regional School District Special Education Programs.

The onsite Education Review Process will occur on March 4th, 2020 from 8 AM until 4 PM.

United States Census 2020 – Click Here to Learn More

School Musical Open Reading for the Public:

Students and parents working on, participating in, and volunteering to help with this year’s Spring Musical, “THE COWHANDS AND THE ALIENS RESCUE EARTH” are invited to attend an open public reading of the play on the Evening of January 24th, from 5:30 until 7:30. A bake sale and fundraiser will be held the same night to raise additional funds for the musical. Everyone interested in helping with or being in the show is welcome to attend and listen to the first open reading of this original script!


We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and as always if you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us in the Cafe. Breakfast is available to all students. If your child qualifies for a free or reduced lunch they also qualify for a free or reduced breakfast. Best
wishes for the New Year!


Student Council would like to invite parents and children to participate in and at-tend FRRSD’s Open Mic Night on Friday, February 7th, from 6 – 8 pm. A fund-raising bake sale will be held to offer refreshments during the night’s entertainment. If you would like to share a song, a poem, a funny story or joke, or play a musical instrument, please sign up to perform your number by contacting Ms. Catullo at catullo@frrsd.org.

Student Council is also hosting a school-wide fundraiser to raise awareness of environmental issues, “FLIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE”. Children will be provided kits to create paper airplanes at home and gain sponsor pledges of family and friends who want to pledge money for every yard the plane flies on FLIGHT DAY, February 28th. Pledges can range from $1 to $10 for the entire flight or for portions of the flight, and will be collected by the students who participate after they test their planes in the gymnasium during the day, Friday 2/28. Before Flight Day, students will discuss ways they can conserve earth’s resources and learn more about how some local Berkshire County Groups are helping to do that. The class that earns the most pledges will be rewarded with a pizza/ice cream lunch party. Donations will benefit a local environmental group and Student Council.


Thank you to all the parents and children who attended the Art Exhibit Opening on December 19th!

This month students in grades pre-k through 1 will be planning and preparing for a puppet show, with handmade puppets and puppet sets.

Grades 2-3 will be using a variety of media including scratch paper and paint, while Grades 4 and 5 will be doing drawings of ducks and geese and learning about transferring images using transfer paper.
They will also be using watercolors. Grade 6 has been working on poster designs to prevent smoking and vaping, which will be entered in the Statewide calendar contest. They will also begin to build some of the sets for the Spring musical this month using large cardboard boxes, Styrofoam pieces, and hot glue guns (a favorite tool!)


We kicked off the holidays last month with talking about Gratitude and kindness, a favorite book of ours was The Gratitude Jar, by Kristin Wiens; we will continue this topic throughout as the December, as the holiday continues. The kids are focusing on what they are thankful for throughout the day. They will all write something they are thankful for, and we will create a chain to display in the school, make sure you check it out!!

Don’t be afraid to ask you children what they are thankful for each day. When they have a more challenging day go back to the things they said they were grateful for in the past, this could help change their difficult day. Happy Holidays!


Students in grades K-2 will continue to work on jump rope skills and transition to dance! Students in grades 3-6 will start with pillow polo and round out the month with flag football. Our All-School Walk is on Friday, January 24th at 2:10. The 21st—25th is No Name Calling Week and we will continue to work on spreading kindness throughout the building!



Thank you to everyone who came out to the Knox to support the PTA and their Dining to Donate Fundraiser!